Friday, October 26, 2012

Pumpkin Cupcakes

Another stop in Great Pumpkin Recipe Journey! You're probably surprised cupcakes did't come up sooner. I have been wanting to make them but I was having a hard time trying to figure out exactly why I should.  Thankfully, my girl, Noelle, gave me a reason.  She said, "You should totally make these."  Excuse enough for me!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Pumpkin Banana Bread

Who says pumpkins and bananas can't be friends?  I always hear about them being in separate breads but never together. And why not?  I have no idea!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Marble Pumpkin Brownies

Chocolate and pumpkin? Yes please! My second favorite dessert (after cookies) is brownies.  So of course, it would only make sense that on The Great Pumpkin Recipe Journey I added this recipe. These brownies are moist and delicious and swirled with pumpkin and cream cheese. So what are you waiting for?

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Pumpkin Pancakes

It's breakfast time in the Jones household and since I'm smack dab in the middle of the Great Pumpkin Recipe Journey, that means Pumpkin Pancakes!  These are nice and thick and are delicious with maple syrup.

Baked Pumpkin Empanadas

I had some batter left over from making Mini Pumpkin Pies and I didn't want to waste it.  My initial idea was to make some more pie crust the next day and use the rest to make more pies, but then my mom gave me an idea on a twist to basic pies. Empanadas!

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

And now it's time for the simplest recipe ever. Roasted Pumpkin Seeds! A delicious, yet healthy snack that can be whipped up between those Mini Pumpkin Pies and Pumpkin Pancakes! Waste not, want not, that's my motto!  Simply meaning, if you can use something you might otherwise throw away, then why not use it?

Flaky Pie Crust

If you recognize this photo, it's because I used this pie crust for my Mini Pumpkin Pies.  I also used it for my Pumpkin Empenadas during the Great Pumpkin Recipe Journey.  It is flaky and delicious!

Mini Pumpkin Pies

First stop in the Great Pumpkin Recipe Journey is (surprise, surprise) pumpkin pie!  I wanted little serving sizes so I made them miniature. It might also have something to do with the fact that it's no surprise that I love miniature desserts!

Pumpkin Puree

For a typical pumpkin recipe, you can use a jar of pumpkin puree.  This can come in handy if it's the off season and a pumpkin is difficult to find.  However, during the fall season, when pumpkins are a plenty, it only makes sense to use fresh.  It tastes better and isn't too difficult to prepare.

The Great Pumpkin Recipe Journey

Okay so in the past, I'll admit to having said that I don't like pumpkin recipes, aside from pumpkin pie.  Well I'm definitely someone who believes that you have to try something at least twice, sometimes more than twice, to really get the taste for it. After that, it really is probably just something you don't like.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

김밥 (Kimbop/Korean Sushi)

If you've never had sushi and are put off by the fact that it has raw fish in it, you really need to expand your mind.  First off, not all sushi has raw fish.  In fact, the term "sushi" in Japanese actually means "rice wrapped with seaweed."
The cooked variety are what I call "starter sushi."  They are characterized by the "California Roll," which consists of cucumber, imitation crab meat and avocado.  There are also other varieties of cooked sushi including the "Philadelphia Roll," which is basically the California Roll with cream cheese.  Kimbop is a Korean sushi.